Recipes for Wellness

Our Chinese medicine recipes use seasonal fruits and vegetables for health, wellness and vitality. 

Our meals are built on Chinese medicine principles. We use seasonal fruits and vegetables in our cooking. Our goal is to create nutrient dense meals which include a variety of colours and therefore a variety of nutrients. We use foods for medicine and select foods for nutrition and taste. Moreover, these are the dishes we use at home and cook for friends

Chinese medicine recipes for breakfasts

Juices and smoothie bowls are nutritious, however they are very cold in nature. Warm foods are generally encouraged for breakfast in Chinese medicine. Congee is a traditional breakfast in China. Congee is a rice porridge eaten warm, often with savoury additions such as meat, egg, peanuts or spring onion.  Oat porridge, muesli and egg based dishes are common breakfasts that offer warmth and nutrition. Adding herbs, such as coriander or chives to eggs  also increases warmth and nutrition. Additionally serving them alongside avocado, mushrooms or salmon enhances the nutritional profile.

Some of our breakfast recipes are  Traditional muesli     Paleo muesli      Summer breakfast

Chinese medicine recipes for sides / lunches

Sides and salads can be interchanged for lunch and dinner. These are a couple of our favourites.

Autumn slaw    Quinoa Tabbouleh

Chinese medicine recipes for soups

Soups are the ultimate food in Chinese medicine. Soups are warm as well as nourishing and are also easily digestible. 

Beef Pho soup      Autumn pumpkin & garlic soup

These recipes are our favourite dishes and  indeed those we make most frequently.

Seasonal Foods

Eating according to the seasons is important in traditional Chinese medicine. Eating seasonal food means you eat locally grown food and therefore align your energy with that of  your local environment.  Each season correlates with a natural element and an organ in Chinese medicine. 

To learn about seasonal foods look at what is available at your local farmers market. See seasonal food lists here Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.

               

Clearing heat – food remedy

heat clearing food remedy

A clearing heat food remedy can be used for excess heat in the body.  These foods are hot in nature, decreasing your daily intake will help to clear heat from the body. Moreover, increasing consumption will increase heat in the body which is of course helpful if you feel the cold. Signs of excess heat

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Seasonal Spring produce

Seasonal Spring produce

We love to eat seasonally and locally. Food that is seasonal is fresh as well as more plentiful. By eating what is available locally you support local farmers and importantly reduce food miles. Here is a list of some beautiful seasonal spring produce that are particularly at their peak through Spring. Seasonal Spring produce fruit

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Tonify the spleen – Food remedy

tonify the spleen - food remedy

Have you heard a TCM practitioner say to you they need to ‘tonify the spleen’. The Spleen and Stomach are part of the earth element, and are the key organs responsible for digestion in Chinese medicine. This is because these organs are responsible for the transformation and transportation of food into Qi (energy). The digestive

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Winter foods therapy

Winter food therapy

Winter foods principles Winter foods therapy is using foods and cooking methods to align with the energetics of the season of Winter. The season of Winter is cold so our bodies call for warming foods, meals that have been cooked at low temperatures for a longer time. Adding heating spices such as cloves, peppercorns, ginger,

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Autumn food therapy

Autumn food therapy

Chinese medicine Autumn food therapy for meals; Our 5 top tips Protective and purifying foods should be incorporated in the diet in Autumn to help strengthen the body. These foods also help open and clear the Lungs. 1. Pungent foods such as onion, garlic, chives, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, horseradish and pepper have ascending qualities. These

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Seasonal Autumn produce

Traditional Chinese medicine Torquay Surfcoast

Seasonal Autumn produce of fruits, vegetables and nuts are often in surplus at this time of year. Autumn is traditionally known as fall or the harvest season as an abundance of seasonal foods fall from the trees. These whole foods with be the freshest, cheapest and tastiest available so make the most of them by

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Summer food therapy

heat clearing food remedy

Chinese medicine for Summer meals, top 5 tips 1. In the summer it is appropriate to eat spicy foods that move the energy up and to the surface as this encourages sweating and cooling, this is the reason why chilli laden foods are so popular in hot climates. 2. Don’t eat or drink too many cooling

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Seasonal Summer produce

Seasonal fruits and vegetables –  Summer fruit Apple, apricot, avocado,  banana, berries: (blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, gooseberry, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, strawberry), cherry, crabapple, black currant, red currant, fig, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, mangosteen, melon: (honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon), nectarine, orange, passionfruit, peach, plum, pineapples, prickly pear, rambutan,  starfruit, tamarillo, tomato. Summer vegetables Asparagus,

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Spring food therapy

Spring food therapy in Chinese medicine Cooking methods During spring when energy is awakening and there is more warmth in the environment foods should be cooked lightly. Steaming and stir-frys are ideal cooking methods. Things to avoid Avoid alcohol and rich, fatty, buttery or creamy foods as these can burden the liver with heat and

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Tonify Yin – Food Remedy

Tonify Yin

A tonify Yin food remedy is prescribed if the body has a diminished Yin reserve. (This status can be clarified by a registered Chinese medicine practitioner). The theory of Yin Yang is fundamental to Chinese medicine. Indeed, for optimum health balance between Yin and Yang forces must be maintained. Yin energy is cooling, moistening, contracting,

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Autumn pumpkin & garlic soup

Autumn pumpkin & garlic soup

Autumn is the season of plentiful fresh local garlic and pumpkins, combining these ingredients with some of the prescribed spices and leafy herbs makes for a perfect season aligning recipe.

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Beetroot and ginger dip

Beetroot are available throughout the year but this dip is especially great in Winter because it combines beetroot with the warming properties of the spices ginger & cumin.

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Autumn slaw

Autumn slaw

Eating seasonally is such a pleasure.  These whole foods are often in surplus at this time of year so we use them up in this mix. Using lemon juice with the apples will help keep the apples fresh by preventing oxidisation. This recipe keeps things raw, simple, nutritious and delicious and as a result has

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Summer breakfast

A quick, healthy and nutrient dense breakfast that can be adapted to your own health needs and taste preferences. This recipe is for one, just double the mix for two people. You can choose your own seasonal fruit as a topping.

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Gluten free zucchini pasta

Zucchini’s are cheap and plentiful in Autumn. This recipe is great for a quick lunch or dinner.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a great salad or side to have for dinner or lunch. This version uses quinoa in place of the traditional ingredient burgul which is cracked wheat . Quinoa is a seed, it is generally well tolerated by those with digestive issues. The combination of parsley and tomato is great to help boost iron

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Healthy chocolate crackle

These snack bites are a healthy version of a chocolate crackle. They are great for kids because they are refined sugar and nut free.

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Paleo muesli

This muesli is grain free and gluten free so is suitable for suffers of coeliac disease, those with a gluten intolerance and followers of the paleo diet principles. Serve it with seasonal fruit and dairy, nut milk or warm water (this swells the quinoa, softens the ingredients and aids digestion).

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Homemade sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a great homemade vegie mix to have on hand for quick meals, pair it with some protein (it goes really well with grilled salmon) and dinner is done!  Not only does this taste delicious it is super good for you too. Fermented foods provide the gut with good bacteria, it’s a food probiotic, plus

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Coconut chocolate

If you love chocolate but are trying to give it up then this is the recipe for you. It is free of refined sugar and dairy and can be tailored to suit sugar free or paleo diets. You can modify this recipe by sprinkling nuts / shredded coconut or dried fruit into the moulds or

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Traditional muesli

It is so easy to make your own muesli and once you have the hang of it you can adapt the flavours and ingredients to suit you and your family. This recipe has no added sugar is low GI and high in essential fatty acids. You can serve muesli with milk but we prefer it with a

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Beef Pho soup

Beef Pho soup is a Vietnamese classic. It is a light fragrant and nutritious broth and is perfect for warming the body during winter. This recipe can be made over a few days for a really intense flavor. Serves 4-6

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